Throughout the course, you will engage in Discussions with classmates to share reflections on the concepts of each unit. The Discussions will also give you the opportunity to learn from the interpretations and perspectives of your classmates. This course itself will be a study in different social, political, and cultural influences, as the class is made up of individuals with varying views of the world. The Discussions will give you an opportunity to express your point of view. Be sure to write carefully and respond to classmates respectfully.
To make the most out of your learning experience and earn a good Discussion grade, you must answer the Discussion question and then respond substantially to at least two classmatesâ€™ postings for each unit Discussion. You should write at least 200 words in the original post; then you should post with content and detail on the posts to your peers. Aim for at least four sentences in each post to your peers, building the Discussion with references to the Reading, application in your life, or other information to help share your perspective. With the original reply and two posts to your peers, this means you will post three times to each Discussion Board. You will want to use APA format with in-text and full end reference for citation of sources, which can help to give credit to the research you used and also to distinguish between your ideas and the sources.
Topic 1: Revolution through Music and Film
Cultural revolutions lead to changes in beliefs, actions, and how people see the world. Part of how you see the world is informed by the creative expressions to which you are exposed. Creative expressions can be a reaction to revolutions in culture, and it can simultaneously seem to change the culture as well.
- Introduce one musician, genre of music, or film that you believe caused a cultural revolution. If you speak of a genre of music, you will want to give several specific examples of artists in that genre. Identify your choice to the class on the assumption that your classmates have never heard the music or seen the film. It is important to give details about style, talk about what can be heard in this music or seen in this film, and explain the impact of your selection. Though you are welcome to select music that you enjoy, it may be helpful to add research in order to talk about the popularity, innovation, or change from this selection. What made this creative expression in music or film particularly transformational?
- Next, still assume that classmates are not familiar with your selection, then introduce one musician, genre of music, or film that created a personal cultural revolution in your life. This may be music or a film that helped you in a hard time, allowed you to rebel, connected you with another culture, changed the way you view your own potential, or any other change that could be considered a revolution. Tell the class about the music or film, define it and explain its impact upon you.
- Why do you think that music and films can have a revolutionary impact upon the listener or viewer? What can create this connection and change?